My husband and I saw Knight and Day, with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz on the 4th of July and we enjoyed it very much! I thought it was a cute romantic thriller. I found the dialogue to be particularly good. Was it predictable? A bit. Was it plausible? Of course not-not any more than any James Bond, Bourne series, Mission Impossible etc. movies. But I still enjoyed it. Warning, spoiler here-It was a feel-good movie with a happy ending. And that made me happy.
When looking for photos for my post, I was surprised to run across several really poor reviews of it. The LA Times seemed particularly brutal claiming that Cruise and Diaz were “has-beens”. Most of the negativity seemed aimed towards Cruise who was lambasted for his deteriorated public image. The article suggested that Tom Cruis’s jumping on Oprah’s couch, his ignorant remarks about depression, and his religious views (Scientology) have ruined his brand.
This notion kind of irked me. Really? You really care about stupid things Tom Cruise does and says? I don’t believe his comments were malicious or deliberately trying to hurt anybody. Insensitive and stupid? Undoubtedly. But should that really affect his career? Do that many people really have to like an actor to believe his portrayal of a character? I don’t.
I STILL don’t understand the big hoopla about his jumping on Oprah’s couch. Was that a manners thing? So he jumped on a couch in his enthusiasm over being in love. BIG DEAL. Did people think him being insincere? Juvenile? So WHAT? Do those people that were bothered by it, have nothing else in their lives to worry about? I pity them.
When I watch a movie, I don’t really care much about the person behind a character. Sure, perhaps I like George Clooney’s characters a little more because he’s not only awesome eye candy, but he’s supposedly (I can't say for sure because I don’t know him-I only know what the media wants me to know about him) a really nice, smart, caring guy too.
But I don’t dislike Mel Gibson’s, Charlie Sheen’s, or Collin Ferrell’s characters because they’re reported to be bigoted, alcoholic, assholes and horn dogs. Apparently my attitude is in the minority.
What could account for people who dislike an entire movie because of the actors who play the leads-or conversely like a movie solely because of who plays the leads? Are they simply judgmental people? Or is the characterization in the story/movie done poorly so the watcher isn’t intrigued and invested enough in the character and story to forget that there is an actor playing this character?
Help me out here. Is there a valid reason for disliking a movie not because of the staring actors' s skill, but simply because who they are perceived to be when they're not working?